James Reston Reporting Fellowships
James Reston — called Scotty by virtually everyone who knew him — spent 50 years at The Times, as a columnist, Washington correspondent and, ultimately, executive editor. Among the most influential journalists of his generation, he won two Pulitzer Prizes. He was also a talent scout of prodigious capacity, hiring and training some of The Times’s best-known journalists. He died in 1995 at the age of 86.
Up to four college students are selected as James Reston Reporting Fellows. Only seniors or graduate students who have had at least one previous summer internship at a major news organization are considered.
As part of the 2014 program, The Times seeks candidates with a particular interest in using data to write about politics and policy. Candidates should have experience working with numbers, though formal training is not required. Most important, candidates should be deeply interested in the political process and demonstrate an ability to write about complex issues for a general audience.
Interns are assigned to various news departments, typically Metro, Business, Sports or Science or the Washington bureau. They get reporting assignments and bylines on their stories.
The most competitive candidates have usually had two or three previous internships, with a variety of clips showing breaking news, analysis and excellence in feature writing.
The first week of the fellowship involves orientation to New York City and the newsroom.
Beginning with the second week, the Reston Fellows start work in a section that reflects their skills and area of interest to report and write stories under the guidance of editors or senior reporters. Some stories are assigned, but fellows are encouraged to come up with their own ideas. They also participate in workshops with ranking editors and reporters. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the fellows to stretch their journalistic skills with the help of some of the best reporters and editors in the country.
Applicants for the reporting fellowships should submit a cover letter, resume and six published news-writing samples. Do not submit more than six clips and do not submit a URL for a Web site if it shows more than six clips.
Apply here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, 2014